It’s no secret that CNN has been at the forefront of the anti-Trump media movement, releasing story after story in attempts to diminish President Trump’s support, but now they have set up a dedicated phone number to try and collect negative feedback from immigrants who claim to be negatively impacted by the temporary refugee ban.
CNN has made public a phone number, 646-535-9720, where users can leave a voicemail telling their story about how President Trump’s recent refugee order has somehow obstructed their lives. The network has also released a companion web page where they list quotes and recordings from those messages while attempting to push the narrative that Trump’s order is “ripping families apart”.
From Boston to Baghdad, families are being ripped apart. Some people can’t go home to the US, others can’t return to their native countries to visit parents and children, and still others are stranded in airports and cities halfway across the world.
We asked people to call us and share how you’ve been affected by President Trump’s immigration order. You’ve left us lots of voicemails. Here are some of your stories.
Have you or your loved ones been impacted by the immigration ban? Please leave us a voicemail at 646-535-9720. We’re still listening.
Sounds a little dramatic for a temporary, 90-day pause on immigration from terrorism prone countries until America can implement tougher vetting practices, but leave it to CNN to put the most negative spin on any story regarding Trump’s policies putting American’s safety first.
The first quote CNN has on their page for this phone number’s results is from an Iranian woman named Armineh who lives in Virginia and claims, “I haven’t seen my parents in two years. And the only thing that’s holding them back is that they happen to be born in another country. I have a sister in London who probably will never be able to visit me, because she’s a dual citizen as well.”
Well Armineh, if you haven’t seen your parents in 2 years already, is another 90 days really going to make a big difference? After all, they’ve had 2 years to visit you and haven’t, so I fail to see how Trump’s temporary ban is impactful in your case. Perhaps you should have read the executive order carefully so you would realize that your sister in London, who you believe you “will never” be able to visit you again, will in fact be able to after 90 days as long as she does not have an extremist background.
It’s not surprising that people have a skewed and flawed understanding of Trump’s temporary ban, as the mainstream media has consistently incorrectly described it as a “Muslim ban” along with implying that immigrants from the 7 countries mentioned in the order will never be able to visit the United States again. Media outlets have caused a frenzy among their readers, claiming everything from the ban negatively impacted the U.S. economy to President Trump possibly being impeached over the order.
With the hysteria being spawned from the mainstream media, it’s not surprising people like Hoda, 29-year-old Iranian student at the University of Southern California, called CNN claiming that the ban will “tear her family apart”, saying that her parent’s won’t be able to visit for her graduation in May. Since it’s only February 1st right now, and May is well over 90 days from when the ban was instated, I believe it’s safe to assume Hoda’s parents will be able to visit her.
She was initially excited for her graduation in May. Her parents were going to visit, and she was starting to think about what jobs to apply for. But the immigration ban changed everything.“I was excited about graduating. Now, I’m heartbroken. I have no idea what I can do afterward,” she says.Her husband still has a few more years of study to earn his PhD, so Hoda was planning to stay in the United States after graduation.But now she doesn’t know what to do. Her student visa will expire after she graduates, and she can no longer apply for jobs in the United States because she cannot apply for a new visa as an Iranian.If she chooses to leave the country and find a job elsewhere, she will not be able to return. And her husband has to stay in the US to finish his studies.“It will tear our family apart,” she says.
Have no fear Hoda, as President Trump has said this ban is only going to be in place until more effecting vetting procedures are put into place. If your family has no ties to terrorism and does not wish to cause harm to America, then they shouldn’t have any issues (beside perhaps a little longer wait at the airport while they are vetted) visiting you for your graduation. Being inconvenienced is small price to pay for the safety of the American people, isn’t it?
It would be a shame if people supporting President Trump’s extreme vetting order, and who understand the need to increase border security, bombarded CNN’s phone number (646-535-9720) with positive feedback to ensure they receiving the entire story. After all, any unbiased news organization would want to explore both sides and all opinions on any major issues before releasing a story, right?